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Derby and Cardiff players flee pitch in emergency evacuation after ‘away fans trigger fire alarm by setting off flares’ ahead of Championship clash

DERBY and Cardiff players were urgently evacuated from Pride Park amid reports of flares being set off in the away end during the warm-up.

Players were rushed from the pitch and fans were forced to flee as the PA announcer urged everyone in the stadium to leave ahead of the Rams’ Championship game at home to the Welsh side.

 Fans and players were evacuated from Pride Park ahead of Derby's Championship clash with Cardiff

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Fans and players were evacuated from Pride Park ahead of Derby’s Championship clash with CardiffCredit: The Sun
 The stadium announcer urged everyone to leave as a result of an emergency

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The stadium announcer urged everyone to leave as a result of an emergencyCredit: The Sun

Video footage shows players and staff from both teams sprinting off the pitch as the announcer’s warning was played loudly on repeat.

The message said: “Attention please, this is an emergency. Please leave the stadium by the nearest available exit.”

Fire exits around the ground were opened to allow fans and members of stadium staff to leave immediately.

While there has been no official reason given for the emergency evacuation, supporters and players were allowed back in around five minutes later.

Despite the pre-match commotion, Derby were able to make a rapid start as Scott Malone fired them into a sixth-minute lead against his old club.

But Robert Glatzel’s penalty just over ten minutes later was enough to secure the visitors a 1-1 draw.

There were also reports of fans without tickets walking back in through the fire exits as paying punters made their way back in.

Derby are yet to comment but Cardiff have tweeted three times since the incident.

The game eventually kicked off on time and the home side were not affected by the earlier disruption as they took a 6th minute lead through Scott

Malone’s strike after an almighty and scrappy goalmouth scramble.

Despite the initial panic, fans on social media were quick to make jokes.

Ex-Cardiff and Nottingham Forest defender Greg Halford tweeted: “Has the snow started falling again in Derby @CardiffCityFC.”

While LUFC_MOT added: “Just needed everyone out so Mel Morris could sell it to himself again.”

Before Zachary B. posted: “Apparently suspicious activity overhead.. Police have now located a drone & arrested Marcelo Bielsa on a nearby footpath.. Leeds United about to be kicked out of league. #LUFC.”

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